Motion Picture Purgatory: STARSHIP INVASIONS (1977)

The late great Christopher Lee made a brief stopover in Canada during the tax shelter era to star in a couple of weird genre efforts–1976’s THE KEEPER and the Ed Hunt UFO epic STARSHIP INVASIONS, the latter of which is the subject of this month’s MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY mini-comic by Rick Trembles. Hunt, a true believer in UFOlogy, directed a handful of films on the topic including the psuedo-doc UFO’S ARE REAL (1979), but this one–released the same year as STAR WARS–dips into full-on camp, even though Lee looks like he’s having fun. Rick sez:



Motion Picture Purgatory: HEAVY METAL SUMMER (1988)

Quick, which Canadian film does Ted Nugent make a cameo in? Why, none other than HEAVY METAL SUMMER, a dumb teen sex comedy churned out by Rafal Zielinski, the guiding light behind SCREWBALLS (1983) and many a similar PORKY’S rip-off. His last Canadian film is also the subject of this month’s MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY mini-comic by Rick Trembles, who promises he’s never had his hair cut by a topless woman like one of this movie’s characters.



Motion Picture Purgatory: SUDDEN FURY (1975)

Deep in the tax shelter era, Canada churned out some top notch backwoods thrillers. SUDDEN FURY, the latest title tackled by MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY’s Rick Trembles, is perhaps one of the best. Director Brian Damude’s only feature is a minimalist effort that plays out against a rural Ontario backdrop, as a psychotic husband tries to stage the death of his wife after an unfortunate accident leaves her pinned in her car.



Motion Picture Purgatory: TERMINAL CITY RICOCHET (1990)

Canadian B-film usually favours pastiche over straight-ahead punk, but not when it comes to TERMINAL CITY RICOCHET (1990), the weird west-coast rock movie from one of Canuxploitation’s favourite homegrown directors Zale Dalen. Rick Trembles returns with another site-exclusive MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY in which he pours over the film’s strange dystopian sci-fi mediascape and pumps his fist for featured punk legends D.O.A. and Jello Biafra.



Motion Picture Purgatory: GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN (1973)

Rick Trembles returns with a site-exclusive MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY on one the strangest films to ever come out of Canada, the 1973 fever dream GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN (1973). Bloody dream sequences, hippie philosophy, kidnappings, Vietnam angst and allegories galore collide in this relatively genre-free genre film.  Don’t forget: if you liked Trembles’ previous work for our site, he’s gathered all previous strips from 2012 to 2013 in a cool new mini-comic, MINI MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY!


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